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Hunter-Reay Edges Dixon In Alabama

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Ryan Hunter-Reay got his first win of the season on Sunday. (INDYCAR/LAT USA)

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Reigning IZOD IndyCar Series champion Ryan Hunter-Reay overtook Helio Castroneves on Lap 76 of 90 and then held off Scott Dixon to win the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama by .6363 of a second.

Hunter-Reay, driving for Andretti Autosport, started the race from the pole and overcame a poor performance in the season-opening race at St. Petersburg, Fla. where he finished 18th.

Castroneves finished third at the the 2.38-mile, 17-turn road course located near Birmingham.

“Helio and I always race clean,” Hunter-Reay said. “I had a little bit of contact with him before – I just couldn’t slow the car down and he was on the outside of me. Luckily we both just kept going from that; he took the lead at that point. His tire strategy worked in our favor, we had new reds on when he had blacks on, and he was just a sitting duck at that point.

“Will (Power, Castroneves Team Penske teammate), on the other hand, did an unbelievable job keeping me behind him on reds. It was our worst set of reds though. I just kept patient and made it happen when I needed to. It was very challenging out there today. I’d like to thank all the other drivers, though, for keeping it on track and not going yellow because man, I didn’t want it to go yellow at the end. Winning at Barber is excellent. It shows what we’re about, it shows that last year wasn’t a fluke. We really worked for it today. Unreal. I’m exhausted.”

Results Sunday of the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama IZOD IndyCar Series event on the 2.3-mile Barber Motorsports Park, with order of finish, starting position in parentheses, driver, chassis-engine, laps completed and reason out (if any):

1. (1) Ryan Hunter-Reay, Dallara-Chevy, 90, Running

2. (4) Scott Dixon, Dallara-Honda, 90, Running

3. (6) Helio Castroneves, Dallara-Chevy, 90, Running

4. (5) Charlie Kimball, Dallara-Honda, 90, Running

5. (2) Will Power, Dallara-Chevy, 90, Running

6. (13) Simon Pagenaud, Dallara-Honda, 90, Running

7. (7) Marco Andretti, Dallara-Chevy, 90, Running

8. (8) Justin Wilson, Dallara-Honda, 90, Running

9. (22) Josef Newgarden, Dallara-Honda, 90, Running

10. (3) Tristan Vautier, Dallara-Honda, 90, Running

11. (15) Alex Tagliani, Dallara-Honda, 90, Running

12. (16) EJ Viso, Dallara-Chevy, 90, Running

13. (19) Tony Kanaan, Dallara-Chevy, 90, Running

14. (12) Takuma Sato, Dallara-Honda, 90, Running

15. (18) Oriol Servia, Dallara-Chevy, 90, Running

16. (23) Sebastien Bourdais, Dallara-Chevy, 90, Running

17. (24) JR Hildebrand, Dallara-Chevy, 90, Running

18. (14) Simona de Silvestro, Dallara-Chevy, 90, Running

19. (10) AJ Allmendinger, Dallara-Chevy, 90, Running

20. (9) Sebastian Saavedra, Dallara-Chevy, 90, Running

21. (21) Graham Rahal, Dallara-Honda, 90, Running

22. (26) Ed Carpenter, Dallara-Chevy, 89, Running

23. (11) James Jakes, Dallara-Honda, 86, Running

24. (25) Ana Beatriz, Dallara-Honda, 65, Mechanical

25. (17) Dario Franchitti, Dallara-Honda, 42, Mechanical

26. (20) James Hinchcliffe, Dallara-Chevy, 3, Contact

Race Statistics

Winners average speed: 110.818

Time of Race: 01:52:04.5450

Margin of victory: 0.6363

Cautions:1 for 4 laps

Lead changes: 6 among 4 drivers

Lap Leaders:

Hunter-Reay 1 – 26

Power 27 – 30

Hunter-Reay 31 – 42

Kimball 43 – 45

Power 46 – 50

Castroneves 51 – 75

Hunter-Reay 76 – 90

Point Standings: Castroneves 79, Dixon 70, Hunter-Reay 66, Andretti 61, Hinchcliffe 56, Kimball 51, Kanaan 49, Power 47, Wilson 46, Viso 44.

Info Manager | , RacinToday.com Sunday, April 7 2013
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